Groundbreaking for Newark HS of Architecture & Interior Design

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This week, the Newark Board of Education, in partnership with 155 Jefferson, LLC, celebrated the grand opening of Newark High School of Architecture & Interior Design.

As part of the high school’s redesign strategy to transform Newark schools, Newark High School of Architecture & Interior Design will start with the 9th grade and add a year each year until the school reaches the 12th grade in 2026.

Students enrolled in the school will choose from architecture, engineering, interior design, electronics, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, plumbing and real estate. While core content courses will prepare students for post-secondary education, the program will also integrate architecture and crafts taught by certified teachers, into classroom activities that reinforce learning in their majors.

The school will also be equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories dedicated to practical learning and the development of technical skills. Space will be allocated for project-based activities, and there will be a two-story building lab where students can construct building sections, based on plans made by architecture students, learning how all trades must be coordinated when planning and constructing a building.

“The district’s 10-year strategic plan calls for preparing every student for a prosperous future. Newark High School of Architecture & Interior Design graduates will leave school with the skills that will make them immediately employable while being prepared for new personal and professional developments,” said Superintendent Roger León.

“I want to thank the Superintendent for having the foresight and wisdom to continue to add to the directory of schools we have. Because as the city grows, we need good schools. We need to make school attractive, interesting, relevant and useful for our children to bond with,” said Mayor Ras Baraka.

Board Chairman Haynes said, “I appreciate this time and opportunity to let everyone know how our city is progressing with our school district and how all high school students have access to trades and to useful skills. I’m sure this is just the start of an amazing generation of architects and interior designers.

Melanie Campbell, vice president of Summit Assets, LLC and a trained opera performer, sang the national anthem and spoke on behalf of the group, “Developing an architecture high school in the city of Newark has always been a dream for our development team. What an amazing feeling to develop a high school where Newark students will have an architectural background and then go on to change the world and Newark.

Dr. Raymond Lindgren, Project Manager, said, “Newark High School of Architecture & Interior Design will produce excellent students who, in turn, will build a better future for our community, the city of Newark and our world.

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